THE DOWN-TO-EARTH GUIDE TO GLOBAL WARMING by Laurie David
Kirkus Star

THE DOWN-TO-EARTH GUIDE TO GLOBAL WARMING

Age Range: 10 - 16

KIRKUS REVIEW

Hot on the heels of the rewritten-for-children version of An Inconvenient Truth, the film’s producer and a former advertising copywriter offer another clearly written explanation of this hot topic. Four well-organized sections define the issue and give examples of consequences in the physical world, extinctions in the animal world and what young people can do. A humorous tone, eye-catching graphics and celebrity connections lend pizzazz to this volume, but there is plenty of substance, too. They go into more detail about the problem, introducing new concepts like albedo, ocean stratification and carbon footprint, and describe more consequences including the disappearance of national park attractions and changes in one’s own backyard. The section on actions includes discussion of school and household changes, political actions, automobiles and even careers. The excellent backmatter provides documentation and a variety of resources for further research. This takes up where Gore’s title leaves off, and schools and libraries will want multiple copies of both. (authors’ note with new news, glossary, suggestions for reading and websites, source notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-16)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-439-02494-5
Page count: 128pp
Publisher: Orchard/Scholastic
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2007




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